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BBC新闻英语 - Pregnant women warned on taking paracetamol

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Step 1: Listen

You're going to hear a genuine BBC news report. Before you listen, read these three summaries. Now listen and decide which one is correct. Listen again if you need to.

a) Scientists have found women who take paracetamol during pregnancy tend to give birth to boys.

b) Scientists have discovered mice implanted with paracetamol are unable to reproduce.

c) Scientists have warned that boys born by women who took paracetamol during pregnancy may have problems reproducing later in their life.

Step 2: Learn the key words and listen again

How was that? Try listening again. Here are four definitions of key vocabulary which may help you.

the effects of

the result of doing something

reproductive health

ability to create babies successfully

implanted

had something put into it

mimic

copy the conditions or characteristics of

Step 3: Transcript and answer

Still not sure? This time you can read the transcript. The answer's underneath.

Scientists in Britain say the study of the effects of paracetamol in mice suggest that women who use the painkiller extensively during pregnancy might damage the reproductive health of their unborn sons.

The scientists used mice implanted with human foetal tissue to mimic pregnancy.

Those given paracetamol for seven days had much lower levels of testosterone.

Answer

The correct answer is:

c) Scientists have warned that boys born by women who took paracetamol during pregnancy may have problems reproducing later in their life.

This bulletin comes from BBC World Service Radio

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